Need for high-spec graphics card?

  Simsy 19:36 26 Sep 2003

Hi chums,

I was just browsing through the site and came across another thread where mention was made of the need for a decent graphics card....

and it's got me thinking...

If there is no requirement to monitor moving images, i.e. video of any sort, or gaming, then surely, if what is on screen is stationary, (even if it is a big picture, in terms of both file size and image size), even the most basic on-board video or cheap video card is sufficient.

My understanding is that it's rapidly changing images, and rapid refresh rates on screen that demand high power graphics cards

I appreciate that onboard video may take RAM, (which may cause deprivation elsewhere), but other than this is my thinking correct?

Thanks in anticipation,



  Simsy 10:06 27 Sep 2003


  Simsy 13:44 27 Sep 2003

Good point.

Thanks... I'd appreciate any oter comments from anyone.



  powerless 13:49 27 Sep 2003

If you want to play the latest games, Create the next Toy story then you'll need a ££££ card.

If its just looking at pictures, DVD, then onboard will be ok. I did it five years ago so i think the onboard buisnees has moved a little on from then ;-) and with 32bit.

  Simsy 17:20 27 Sep 2003

I was being purely hyothetical...

I have a 16Mb card in my machine, (Matrox Millenium G400), and it's never given any cause for concern. I'm considering getting a DVD drive, primarily to watch DVD movies on. I've a 17 inch CRT monitor. Any reason to suppose this isn't sufficient?



  Diemmess 17:33 27 Sep 2003

I think you have already made a correct judgement.
I have changed the video either bcause I did not have an on-board card or the video card had gone phut.

I do a lot of jpg manipulation, but I do not run any high spec games or video editing/viewing, and this and observation of other family computers shows that really quite basic cards are sufficient.

  Simsy 17:43 27 Sep 2003

but I haven't yet made a judgement...

Are you suggesting that what I've got IS likely to be sufficient?



  Diemmess 17:55 27 Sep 2003

In a word - Yes.

Memory being thieved by some simple video cards is a possible small problem, but save your money until you are sure there is a downside to staying with the present setup.

  Simsy 21:08 27 Sep 2003

As I thought,



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